The contagious effect of draws echoed across Machakos Stadium during this match week, as both Posta Rangers and Kenya Police, alongside Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars, departed with a single point apiece. It is noteworthy to mention that significant new signings and transfers took place preceding the commencement of the matchweek.
Ten man Rangers impressively held Kenya Police at Machakos stadium. Despite Police entering the game with confidence following a morale-boosting win over Gor Mahia, the match took an unexpected turn when Rangers’ Ivan Ochieng received a straight red card just six minutes into the game for a rash challenge on Tito Okello.
Despite being reduced to ten men early on, Rangers demonstrated resilience by adopting a defensive approach for the remainder of the match. Police attempted to capitalize on their numerical advantage by making tactical substitutions, introducing Tyson Otieno and Rashid Toha for Kenneth Muguna and Baraka Badi. Nevertheless, their efforts failed to break the deadlock, resulting in a stalemate.
At Mbaraki, Vincent Owino’s first-half goal proved decisive as City Stars reclaimed their winning form. Previously, City Stars had succumbed to a defeat against AFC Leopards and settled for a draw with Shabana, halting their previous eight-match winning streak. However, a disciplined display in their coastal encounter propelled them back to the second position in the standings, amassing a total of 37 points.
To wrap up day one of matchweek 21, Gor Mahia encountered another setback as they were held to a goalless draw by Ulinzi Stars in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. This disappointment followed their first defeat of the season, a 3-1 loss to Police in the previous game, resulting in dropping two more points from their grasp.
In the match against Ulinzi Stars, Gor Mahia’s offensive efforts seemed lackluster as coach Johnathan McKinstry made the decision to bench Benson Omala, the current league’s top scorer, whose potential move to Algeria fell through at the last minute. Despite Omala’s introduction in the second half, replacing Patrick Sibomana, Ulinzi Stars managed to maintain a solid defensive stance. Gor Mahia’s attempts were further frustrated when Austin Odhiambo’s shot hit the woodwork just two minutes before the hour mark. Despite the stalemate in Machakos, Gor Mahia maintains a comfortable lead at the top with 44 points but will need to rediscover their winning form to maintain their advantage.
FC Talanta will face Sofapaka at Police Sacco in a live match (KBC), Muhoroni Youth v K.Sharks at Muhoroni, Shabana FC v Tusker FC at Rosh, Bidco United v Nzoia Sugar at Thika, AFC Leopards v Murang’a Seal at Nyayo in a live match (Azam) and KCB FC v KK Homeboyz at Police Sacco in a live broadcasted match at KCB.